In a remarkable second-half turnaround, England surged from behind to secure a victorious start to their Six Nations campaign in Italy.
The initial half raised concerns for England fans, but a timely second-half try from Alex Mitchell and the precise kicking prowess of George Ford ultimately sealed the triumph for Steve Borthwick’s squad.
Looking ahead, England is set to face Wales at Twickenham in the second round next Saturday, while the Azzurri will embark on a trip to confront defending champions Ireland the following afternoon.
As injuries take a toll, with Marcus Smith and Ellis Genge already facing late unavailability in the Eternal City, England is poised to heavily lean on its youthful talent in the upcoming weeks.
Exploring potential additions to the squad ahead of their clash with Wales next weekend, we pinpoint three players whom the England boss should consider calling up.
#1. Kyle Sinckler
Coach Borthwick has disclosed that he and his coaching team have communicated specific areas of improvement to the Bristol Bears’ tighthead prop for a potential squad return. However, speculation arises about whether there are additional factors contributing to his exclusion.
Adding to the intrigue, Sinckler is strongly linked to a move to the Top 14 for the 2024/25 season, posing as a possible explanation for his current omission. There are reports suggesting a recent journey to France, with indications of a medical examination at Toulon.
While the performances of Will Stuart and Dan Cole in Rome may not have been exceptional, the question lingers: on his best days, Sinckler remains the premier English tighthead. If England is serious about making a substantial impact in the 2024 Six Nations, Sinckler’s prowess could be pivotal.